Understand the Peer Review Process

What to Expect

NIH Peer Review Guidelines
This NIH site provides details on the peer review process and includes information on first and second levels of review, as well as scoring criteria.

Overview of NIH Peer Review System
This NIH pamphlet contains an overview of the peer review process for grants and cooperative agreements.

Think Like a Grant Reviewer

NIH Center for Scientific Review
The NIH’s SSR handles the receipt and review of 70% of the grant applications that the NIH receives. This site offers tools and videos on the peer review process and NIH grant submission, as well as a series of videos to give investigators an inside look at how scientists from across the country review NIH grant applications.

Become an NIH Peer Reviewer
Becoming a grant reviewer is an excellent way to learn more about the grant review process. For more information on how to get involved, click the link above or find more information on the Center for Scientific Review’s website.

DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Review Process
The Department of Defense uses a two-tiered review process consisting of scientific peer review and programmatic review. This site offers more information about the review process.